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This week's guest blogger is Stephanie Yoder, a girl who can't sit still. She's a traveller, a writer and blogger at Twenty Something Travel. To keep up to date with Stephanie you can follow her on Twittter and Facebook.
So you have this great trip planned out, to a place you've really been longing to see, but you can't seem to convince anyone to come with you. What's a girl to do? Wait? I don't believe in waiting around for other people to make your travel dreams come true. I've travelled solo through a slew of countries from China to Cambodia and Scotland to Slovenia and it's been both fun and enlightening. Along the way I've heard every misconception about solo female travellers you can imagine, so I'm here to set the record straight with nine myths and one truth about solo female travel...
1. It's a scary world out there
2. You need to speak a foreign language
3. Don't talk to strangers
4. You should wear a fake wedding ring
5. Eating alone is scary
6. You will be lonely
7. All solo travellers are single
Every couple of months I get an email from someone who wants to travel, but their boyfriend does not. This should not hold you back. I know quite a few women who travel without their significant others. Many people enjoy the clarity that travelling alone gives them and come back to their relationships feeling refreshed. Or maybe they break up. In any case, it's certainly better than resenting your partner for keeping you grounded.
8. Travelling with anyone is better than being alone
I've seen people willing to attach themselves to total strangers because for some reason that seems better to them than being independent. This is a bad idea - people you genuinely like at home can turn into total monsters on the road. Just drag a bitchy, complaining college student who will only eat at McDonalds through Eastern Europe and you will see what I mean. If you do decide to travel with someone make damn sure they are on the same page as you.
9. “I could never do that”
I've heard this more times than I can count and I'm always puzzled. Solo female travellers are not some subspecies of hearty Indiana Jones type warrior queens battling their way across a dangerous world- they are regular people just like you. There is nothing I'm doing that you couldn't do yourself... if you wanted to.
And the one truth?
If you’re female and about to set on your own just remember this - it's okay to be nervous. Even now, after five years of travelling, I still get a bit jittery before I set off on my own. These worries usually disappear as soon as you arrive in a marvellous, new place. I've never regretted it, and neither will you.
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